Saturday, 22 November 2014

Sharing the Love...

I have been addicted to reading blogs lately. I always love reading other people's blogs but lately it just seems to have become an obsession. I love reading other peoples opinions on products and even gaining inspiration for posts of my own. There are so many amazingly talented girls (and guys!) out there so I thought I would share with you a few of my all time favourites that I think you should check out if you don't already.

I have been following Celine's blog for absolutely ages! She is one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to blogging. If I am ever having a blogging slump or feeling unmotivated, I just click onto her page and have a read and she just seems to bring back my blogging mo-jo. On her blog the photography always looks so professional , she is so consistent and her posts are always really interesting and well written.  Her make-up skills are out of this world and she looks so frickin' amazing in every picture she is in. Celine is also one of the bloggers that I have had the pleasure of meeting in real life and she is honestly the nicest girl ever! Seriously talented lady and one you need to check out!!

Kayleigh is another blogger that I have followed for years. She was the one who inspired me to start up my own blog! Her reviews always seem to make my bank balance weep, because I normally end up buying most things she posts about. She has recently started to do more fashion types of posts and I am loving them, although to be fair the girl could wear a bin-liner and make it look good! She always gives really good, honest, detailed reviews with amazing pictures to go with it! I'm sure you all have already heard of her and her blog but if not definitely check her out! 

Now I couldn't finish this post without mentioning Karen. I think she is possibly my all time favourite blogger/youtuber, and not just for the beauty side of things (which is amazing too obviously!). Karen's videos and posts just put me in such good humor, if I am ever having a down day or just not feeling the best - I pop on one of her videos or log on to her blog and I am guaranteed to have a smile on my face at the end of it. She gives brilliant product reviews and when I read her posts or watch her videos it is like I am just talking to a friend about the latest bits we picked up in Boots. She always gives brilliant reviews but be warned she probably make you spend far too much money! 

Please let me know any bloggers that you think I should check out or if you have a blog yourself do leave your link below and I will be sure to check it out! 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Favourite Essie Polishes

 I think we all know at this stage that I am a massive Essie fan. I struggle to go a month without including one in my favourites and I can not seem to pass an Essie stand without picking one up. It is a real addiction! But in my opinion they are one of the best polishes you can get - both high-end and low-end. I love the formula, for me it is really long-lasting and goes opaque in pretty much one coat! The colours are all beautiful and I love that they release limited edition colours for the different seasons which just gives me lots more options! I thought I would share with you some of my all time favourite shades that I tend to reach for the most!

Penny Talk
Arguably my all time favourite Essie polish. I bought this when I was in London last year and I got so excited when I spotted it. We all know how I feel about rose gold and this is a ROSE GOLD NAIL POLISH! Can it get any more perfect? It is the best rose gold polish I have found, and I have tried quite a few. It leaves a lovely metallic sheen to the nails that isn't too grainy or looks too harsh.
This is the latest addition to my Essie family. This kind of colour is always one I reach for all year around- no matter what the weather. I think the dark red just looks amazing on short manicured nails all year round. I think this is one of my staple colours that I will always need in my collection.

 Angora Cardi
Another one of my latest additions to my collection and one I have been lusting after for years. I would describe this  as a dusty rose colour. It is a perfect Autumnal shade in my opinion and I have got so much wear out of it already this year. Plus how cute is the name?!

Another one of my all time favourites is Watermelon. I think the name is a perfect description of this shade which is a very hot pink colour. I love wearing these kinds of shades on my toes in particular.

Cute as a Button
I picked this up during the Summer and I wore it so much that I have a line where the polish starts which never normally happens! I would describe this colour a pinky-peach, it brightens up any look- considering I wear a lot of black this is something I need!

A cult favourite is this little baby pink beauty. I think everyone and their dog has tried Fiji but its popularity is completely justified. Another colour that is completely unique in my collection. An almost white polish with the smallest hint of pink to it. Perfect for the Summertime, and looks amazing with a tan- and almost enhances it! You do need 2-3 layers to get that white-pink look!

Absolutely Shore
This was a purchase inspired by the beautiful Jess! Mint Candy Apple of course is a cult favourite but it was just a little too green for my liking and then I spotted this on Jess and I knew I had to have it. It is like Mint Candy Apple's baby sister. It is alot more pastel and like a washed out version of it. Again it looks amazing in the Summer with a tan and I particularly like to wear this on my toes! 

After School Boy Blazer
This was part of the Autumn collection last year (can you tell I like my Autumnal shades?) and it was one everyone went a little bit crazy for. Yet another adorable name and the colour is just amazing! It is a almost black blue. I don't own anything else like it in my collection and it just looks amazing on the nails. It is one of the more watery ones I own so it does take a few more layers to achieve opacity but it is completely worth it! 

So those are my favourite colours in my Essie collection, if you know of any other colours that I need in my life please let me know! 

Saturday, 15 November 2014

My Current Skin Care Routine

Over the past couple of months my skin has not been looking its best. I've been getting alot more breakouts than normal and instead of feeling overly dry like it normally does, it has turned on its head and started to get slightly more on the oilier side of things. I think the main cause of this change in my skin has been the change in seasons. The weather has gotten alot cooler in recent months and I feel that this definitely has taken a toll on my skin. So in a bid to combat this I have switched out a few products from my skincare routine and I thought I would share them with you. 

For removing my make-up in the evenings I have been sticking with the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. I just soak a cotton pad (I use the big square ones that you can get in the Baby section in Boots!) in it and just take my make-up off with it. It does a brilliant job at removing the bulk of my make-up including eyeliner and mascara! 

The main thing I have changed is my cleanser. I have been a firm fan of the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish for years now- but I am starting to think that my skin is getting too used to it and it just wasn't doing the same job for me. So I did my research and eventually decided to go for the Clinique "Take the day off" Balm. It is suitable for all skintypes, so as my skin is flitting between being dry and oily it will cover me for all days. I do enjoy using cleansers that are slightly thicker in consistency during the colder months. I find that they are just slightly more nourishing for my skin during this time. The Clinique balm does slightly resemble a pot of fat when you first look at it, but don't let that put you off! It is a lot lighter in texture than I was expecting but once you rub it between your hands it turns into an oily substance which you then rub into your skin and rub off using a hot flannel/cloth. I imagine that this will last me ages because I only use the smallest amount and it is quite a big tub. 

I am still loving the Liz Earle Instant Tonic Boost for my toner. I find it soothes my skin when I apply it and does a good job at calming any redness that may be going on. I have this in the spritzer bottle so I can either just spritz it directly onto my skin or just apply it onto a cotton pad and use that to wipe my face with. I sometimes use this in the mornings before I apply any make-up, to freshen up my skin for the day. The next step which I also do in the mornings is apply my beloved La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo. This cream is absolutely amazing, it helps to clear up breakouts really quickly and any redness that may linger from spots. It feels so light on the skin so when I apply it in the mornings before make-up it doesn't make a difference to how my make-up looks. I recently ran out of my favourite Origins GinZing eye-cream and unfortunately I couldn't justify paying for it at the moment (Christmas is coming!) so I went on the hunt for something similar. I look for something that is brightening as well as hydrating in an eyecream. I do tend to get alot of discolouration and puffiness under my eyes so anything that can combat that is a star in my book. So again after a bit of research I decided to go for the Una Brennan Superfacialist Vitamin C eye-cream. I am a massive fan of the Una Brennan range, and everything that I had tried I had loved. In the couple of weeks that I have been using this I have noticed that the dark circles under my eyes have been neutralized quite well and puffiness has been brought down. 

My moisturizer has not changed, I am still loving my Origins GinZing moisturiser. I find it really brightens my skin while still adding a decent amount of moisturizer. Plus it smells like oranges...yum! And finally for any unwelcome friends on my face I use the Origins Super Spot Remover. I am a massive fan of this stuff. Just pop a tiny bit of this onto the offending area and I find that it reduces the size of the area, the redness and overall just speeds up the healing process. It does tend to dry out the spot so only apply this where needed!

So those are the products that I reach for on an everyday basis to try and keep my skin in as best condition as it possibly can. I do think that consistency is a major part of skincare. If you are chopping and changing products like nobodies business then your skin doesn't get a chance to settle down and it will eventually react. So that is why when I do find a product that I like, I stick with it as best I can. What is your all time favourite skincare product and are there any products that you think I should try out?

Friday, 7 November 2014

Emjoi Micro-nail

When I first seen advertisements for the Micronail* I was intrigued. I have tried the micro-pedi and am a massive fan of that, so when they released a version for your nails I was very excited.

I first used this on my mum and both of us were very impressed with the results! I would normally buff and shine my nails when I would do a manicure myself but I would always use one of the manual filers which would take a little bit longer and the results were never as impressive. You get two different heads with the machine, a buffer and a shiner. Obviously you would use the buffer first to get rid of any ridges, and to even out the nail and then you use the shiner for the finished look. I wouldn't recommend using the buffer too regularly as I imagine it would wear down your nail rather quickly and nobody wants paper thin nails that will split as they grow! But once every so often to keep your nails looking smooth is no harm! 

My favourite bit (and in my opinion the most addictive part) is the shiner. This leaves your nails looking like you have a clear polish on them. It gives them such an amazing shine and feeling so smooth that this is the step that makes the whole routine for me. There have been days that I haven't had time to apply a fresh coat of nail polish so I just go over them with the shiner and I'm good to go! 

I have been "trying" to give my nails a break from nail polish the past couple of weeks as they have gotten so stained and slightly grubby looking so I think that this is the perfect tool to help me do it! I think this is definitely worth investing in if you are into your nails and you enjoy taking the time to manicure your nails fully before painting them. The Micro-nail is available online here.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Bourjois Smoky Stories | Good Nude

 Bourjois eyeshadows were never something that caught my attention. They were always a little too sparkly for my liking and just not pigmented enough for me. Over the past couple of weeks they have released their new "Smokey Eye" quads which caught my eye. Three metallic shades with one glitter shade in the middle- almost along the same lines as the beautiful Charlotte Tilbury palettes. There are 8 different varietys/shades of palettes but of course I picked the neutrals and went for 05 Good Nude. 

In the past I have steered clear from anything shimmery/glittery on my eyelids- purely because I have hooded eyes and I feel that these kinds of shadows emphasize this. But over the past couple of months I have been dabbling more so with shimmers (combined with mattes) and this eyeshadow palette has fast become one of my favourites. The shades in this are more cooler in tone which I prefer on my skintone and of course they are all brown/neutral shades so they are perfect for everyday wear. As you can see from the swatches below they are all amazingly pigmented and the quality of the shadows are all amazingly soft and buttery. For everyday I use the lightest shade on my lid and the darker shades blended into the crease. I don't reach for the glitter shade very much but with the Christmas season looming, I know that I will be getting so much use of it! 

The only problem I have with the palette is that the glitter tends to fall out over the other shades and all over the palette as you can see from the pictures, and it just tends to get a little messy but nothing that a brush can't fix!

Saturday, 1 November 2014

October Beauty Favourites

You may (or may not) have noticed that I have been slightly absent on my blog over the past couple of weeks. Looking back I have only posted 3 or 4 times in October which seems very little considering I used to aim for 3-4 posts a week. Life happened. I was just so busy the past couple of weeks that I just didn't get a chance to take pictures, let alone type up a post. There has been some exciting changes in my job and things will be settling down in the next couple of weeks so I will have some more time to get back into my blog. So apologies for the severe lack of posting but I am back and ready to go! 

Explanation aside, I wanted to share my October Favourites with you. I have tried alot of new products this past month but also have been using some old favourites more.

Nuxe Reve de Miel
Since the months have been getting noticeably colder my lips have really been feeling it. At the start of the month they were getting so chapped and sore. I knew I had to transfer this pot of glory from my bedside table to my handbag. I did have the stick version of this in my handbag but it just wasn't cutting it when the wind was about. This lipbalm is just so thick and moisturising, it really is like no other. It is a matte lipbalm which is also unique to my collection, I can put a lipstick on top of this and it doesn't affect it. I put a thick layer of this on first thing in the morning and last thing at night and it has really left my lips feeling back to normal. Even though it is on the expensive end of lipbalms, I do recommend you give this a go because you need the smallest amount - a little goes a long way- so it will last you ages!

Essie Bordeaux
This months Essie nail polish of choice has been Bordeaux. You all know I love the black/red nail polishes and have far too many to justify buying this but I love it! It is a very very dark red- depending on how many layers you apply the darker it gets. This is my staple Autumnal nail shade, I do wear it all year around but during the colder months it is always this kind of nail polish I reach for.

 No.7 Instant Radiance Concealer
One of the latest releases from No.7 is this highlighting concealer. I purchased this towards the beginning of the month while those sneaky vouchers were doing the rounds! Similar to the YSL Touche Eclat, it is a very brightening under-eye concealer. During the month I have had a decent amount of early start which played havoc with my under-eye bags, so I have been piling this on in the mornings to combat them. I have been using shade 10 which is the lightest available, I could have went between 10 or 20 but I went for the lighter one because I really wanted that highlighting effect. The thing I really have been loving about this is the fact that it offers decent coverage as well as the highlighting effect so you get the best of both worlds! 

 Tresemme 7 Day Smooth System
This was on offer in Boots this month and since the John Freida 3 Day Straight had left me slightly underwhelmed I decided to give it a go. This is a heat activated cream that you apply to wet hair, then blowdry and straighten as normal. It didn't leave my hair poker straight for the 7 days, but it definitely made a difference! It eliminated any frizz and left my hair looking alot smoother over all. It is a step I really couldn't miss out in my routine, I use it once every 1-2 weeks and don't have to straighten my hair as much which is always a bonus! 

  Nars Cruella
This matte lip pencil has definitely acquired a cult following online- so of course I had to buy it. I bought it back in the Summer and at the time I didn't really get much wear out of it because I felt it was a little too much for everyday wear. But at this time of the year I feel that these kinds of colours are absolutely perfect and I have been wearing this whenever possible! I rediscovered it while practicing my Halloween makeup and fell in love with the way it looked and just started carrying it around with me and just wearing it alot more in general. I can not speak highly enough about these lip pencils. I always tend to go for a matte lip if I have the choice and these are matte lip perfection. They are not drying, chalky or anything else that you would associate with a matte lip. If anything I feel that they are slightly silky and moisturising on the lips, so if you have had problems getting matte lip products to work for you in the past, give these a go! 
 Nars Douceur
A very Nars-centric favourites this month, but it is unsurprising considering it is my favourite make-up brand. I bought this blush towards the end of September (I think) and it has become a permanent resident in my makeup bag ever since. I think this is the perfect nothing shade. For days where you don't want to discract from the eyes or lips that you may have going on, this is the shade to go for. It is a mix between a rose/brown that is surprisingly flattering on the cheeks. It is a very easy shade to sweep on first thing in the morning, and it is very hard to go wrong with it.

So those are the products that I have been loving this past couple of weeks. Let me know what your favourite go-to product has been for October! 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

MAC Patisserie Lipstick

I have gone through a few phases with my everyday lipstick choices, there was the dreaded concealer look lip, the light pinks, the corals and now I have settled down and am opting for a more “my lips but better” look. I have been chopping and changing from a few different lip products the past couple of months, but the past few weeks there has been one lipstick that has constantly in my handbag and that is MAC Patisserie. This has done its rounds on the beauty blogs the past year, and while it was always something I admired it never struck me as a lipstick I needed in my collection.

I did eventually pick it up since I wasn’t really happy with any of the other options I was using and thought that since this one has been so raved about that it was definitely worth giving a go. MAC Patisserie is a Lustre finish, I only own one other Lustre from MAC and that is Hue which is a well loved lipstick in my collection. These lipsticks feel lovely and moisturising on the lips as well as giving a lovely wash of colour. They wouldn’t be the longest lasting formulas of lipsticks in the MAC line up but I do like the finish that they give, so for me they are worth the extra few top ups through out the day.

The colour is almost the exact colour of my own lips, so it really enhances that and adds a nice shine to them. I would describe the colour as a dusky rose shade, perfect for everyday but also looks amazing at night with a smoky eye. I have been loving wearing this with my NARS Doucear blush and a small bit of brown shadow on my lids for everyday.

I am currently on the hunt for MAC Velvet Teddy and can’t seem to find it anywhere! If you have any suggestions for any dupes please let me know and I will be sure to check them out!